If you are like me and you hate wires on your electronics, then its time to go wireless. In this article, we will review the 5 best wireless headphones that you can buy right now. No matter your budget. We tested more than 20 different models from different brands and we are confident enough to say that the ones that we mentioned in this list are the best ones out there. Let’s take a look.
1. Sony WH1000XM3
First off I want to say that no other headphone can achieve the excellence of the Sony WH1000XM3, and I don’t see it happening for at least a few years. It improves on its already excellent predecessor, with some design touches and enhanced technologies. It has the best combination of features that are very cleverly implemented such as the delicious sound and perfect noise cancellation for starters. They can easily be considered as the best wireless headphones out there.
The Sony WH1000XM3 has not changed a lot from its predecessor, but some slight tweaks make it a masterpiece. You can get it from one of the two tasteful colour schemes, the Dark Black and the Platinum Silver. One of the biggest improvements comes to the headband which bends naturally and gives a closer fit-looking professional and streamlined on the head. The comfort is top of the class as well and you can wear these for hours without feeling any kind of strain.
These headphones sport Sony’s HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1, that manages to block mid and high frequency sounds that other manufacturers with ANC lack, the QN1 also improves the audio performance of the device by handling 32-bit signal processing.
The battery life of these headphones is about 30 hours even with the NC activated, and its QUcik Charge feature is perfect, delivering 5 hours of playtime in just 10 minutes of charging. I was extremely impressed with the touch-sensitive right ear cup which was pretty responsive, accurate and easy to learn.
Its coolest feature was the Quick Attention mode, where you hold your palm over the ear cup and music and noise cancelling is turned off to listen outside noises.
The clean and refined sound of these headphones comes from the analogue amplifier, delivering excellent instrumentals and vocals.
With a punchy and aggressive low range, clear and neutral mids, and sharply detailed highs, you can switch from genre to genre and still get a perfect experience.
Providing the best noise cancellation and increased comfort, with high-quality sound will become your best friend. Excelling in every category these are the best headphones that the money can buy in 2020.
2. Beats Studio3
Beats headphones are one of the most iconic and most popular pieces of tech accessory you may see since their introduction they have amassed a huge following fan base and since then it has been an absolute craze. First owned by Monster now they are an Apple subsidiary but they still keep their own identity and breathtaking design, especially the Studio3. Apart from that, they are extremely comfortable, great sound, noise cancellation and they fit right in with iPhone users.
Despite being owned by Apple, the Beats Studio3 has not opted for the minimalistic and streamlined trademark Apple design, they have gone with their iconic street style design that has given them fame. They are a little sleeker and more refined than the original Beats produced by Monster, with an all-plastic build and the Beats logo on each ear cup. You can get these headphones in different paint jobs, Porcelain Rose, Shadow Grey, Blue, White and my personal favourite Matte Black, which has some urban stealthy look to it.
The company has marketed the Beats Studio3 as one of the most comfortable in the market, and they do not disappoint. That is mostly to its lightweight plastic construction, but the foam ear cushions that are large and fit every head size do their part as well.
In terms of features, the Beats Studio3 doesn’t have tons of them or any fancy new tech, however, it doesn’t the basics exceptionally good. It is equipped with a ‘Fast Fuel’ technology that provides three hours of playback time in about 10 minutes of charging, perfect for commuters that are always on a rush. It is equipped with Apple’s W1 chip that delivers about 22 hours of playback time with the active noise cancelling on.
However, it achieves this only with Apple devices, it manages only half of that with Android devices.
With a great soundscape designed for the masses, great battery life, and perfect performance for Apple users, the Beats Studio3 is one of the best headphones in the market.
3. V-MODA Crossfade 2
The V-MODA Crossfade 2 may not be as famous as other names on this list but once you try them there is no going back. Delivering amazing high-quality wireless headphones and the definite best sound that you’ll find in this category. It sports a decent battery life and the best wireless connectivity that you can find, and on top of that, they have an interesting design, durable and quality build that will last you a lifetime. Let’s take a closer look at this headset.
If you have seen its predecessor you would instantly recognize that it is a V-MODA headset, as it rocks the same iconic design, with some changes. It has slightly smaller earcups that its predecessors but the fit is exceptionally good, and aesthetically these look amazing. Unfortunately, they aren’t as comfortable as the aforementioned Boses which are industry leaders in that area, but they are not far behind.
They are equipped with nice memory foam and I could comfortably use them as my go-to headphone. On top of all this if you go to the manufacturer’s website you can customize them to your liking to suit your style and taste.
One of the biggest selling points of these headphones is the new aptX Bluetooth support which is the highest-quality streaming codec you can get. The battery life of the V-MODA Crossfade 2 is a little behind its competitors rated at about 14 hours between charges, but these are not exactly commuter or traveller headphones.
In the package, you get a nice semi-hard carrying case and a stylish orange cable for wired use when your battery runs out.
V-MODA was a brand that was known for its overpowering bass-head style soundscape, however, the Crossfade 2’s are balanced and natural, perfect for every genre.
They can deliver some punchy low and sub-bass when it is needed though. I was particularly impressed with their amazing soundstage which was three-dimensional and their textured and detailed mid-range. Overall the sound is extremely rich and detailed, and it boasts amazing near-analytical clarity.
If you want the best sound and connectivity you’d be hard-pressed to go against the Crossfade 2.
4. Bose QuietComfort 35 II
The Bose QuietComfort 35 II is one of the best wireless headphones in the market for quite some years now. It has not been surprised as to why this product is so popular, because it is the most comfortable headset on the market as its name implies, and with great unassuming style, amazing sound, great connectivity and one of the best noise-canceling, it is a catch.
Design-wise, Bose has chosen a really simple and utilitarian design for the QuietComfort 35 II, that we have come to know from the company for years now. I can say that these headphones have a pretty neutral design, they are appropriate for any setting and anyone can wear them comfortably.
It has an all-plastic build without any flash or striking details, and one might assume that the quality is below par, but these will take plenty of beating before giving up thanks to its quality and sturdy construction. They weigh just 234, which was very surprising for its size and wireless nature, and it is the lightest premium wireless model, and the most comfortable pair of headphones that I have ever put around my ears with its perfect clamping force and plush padding.
The active noise cancellation is one of the best in the market as well, and now you can adjust it via the smartphone app to low, full or completely off. The battery life of these headphones is about 20 hours with the noise cancellation at full, on top of that the features consist of the Google Assistant, which has its dedicated button and works excellently.
Unlike other headphones, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II’s ANC works perfectly and consistently at tuning down engine and crowd noises, but it is not as capable with high-frequency noises.
The sound performance of the Bose QuietComfort 35 II is amazing, delivering a wide soundstage that was surprising considering its closed-back nature. I liked the bass which was adequate unlike other Bose models with overpowering basses, the mids were clean and detailed, and highs sharp enough. I would describe the sound as warm and smooth, adequate for the masses.
5. Sennheiser PXC 550
We will start our best wireless headphones list with a great option for traveling. The German audio manufacturing giant Sennheiser is known for its hi-fidelity headphones that have set industry standards for many years. Their interpretation of the wireless headphone dedicated for travelers and commuters with its excellent active noise cancellation, the Sennheiser PXC 550 has been near perfect. It has the trademark Sennheiser sound quality and tons of other features at its premium price, but it is all worth it for this great wireless headset.
The companies earlier efforts to make a wireless noise-cancelling headphone has been a disaster, but with the PXC 550 things have changed. Design-wise these headphones have adopted a simpler and more streamlined look compared to its predecessors, with the buttons having a subtle look and not catching attention.
The earcups have an oval shape which is a little strange, but they sit comfortably around your ears with great comfort. Speaking about comfort the Sennheiser PXC 550 delivers, with an inch thick padding on the earcups covered with soft faux breathable leather will provide much-needed comfort for commuters and travellers that have long flights.
The active noise cancellation on these headphones is very refined with 3 modes, one is full noise cancellation, the second is off, and the third is the one that adapts to the ambient noise giving you the appropriate for every ambient. From the CapTune smartphone app, you can set your own custom sound profiles, complete with EQ, DSP effects and levels of ANC. Another interesting feature of these was the touch-sensitive right ear cup that has some interesting commands and controls for playback and call.
The sound performance of the PXC 550 was just perfect, excellently balanced with a dose of fun rather than the complete clean analytical sound of the Sennheiser. The soundstage was exceptionally big despite being closed back wireless headphones, these were amazing and one of the best for listening to music. I noticed that it had a perfect performance with every genre, and I was quite impressed with its performance with movies and podcasts.
One of the best headphones for frequent travellers and commuters.